January 7th - 30th, 2005
3435 N. Sheffield, 2nd floor
Chicago, IL USA
Reservations (773) 281-0824
""This festival of original work utilizes
a broad range of performance styles that make up the practice of visual
theater. Through puppetry, clown, butoh, found object, material, magic
and juggling, the assembled artists, each in their own way, attempt to
quantify that which cannot be measured” - Meghan Strell, curator
of Infinitesimals, and Artistic Director of Local Infinities Visual Theater.
January-March 2005: Links Hall’s new Artistic
Associates - Meghan Strell, Shoshanna Utchenik and Lito Walkey - each
curate a month-long series of performance, based on expertise in their
respective fields of visual theater, contemporary puppetry and dance.
January’s program has been curated by Meghan Strell.
by Local Infinites. In this theatrical proverb, Meghan Strell personifies
the tree of life from Norse mythology. Through the use of silent comedy
technique and the exploration of organic matter, this original material
& metaphor piece questions genetic inheritance. Does the apple
fall far from the tree? Yggdrasil serves as an interlude between the
featured events each week of the festival. [ up
by Erica Mott. What do we throw away and what do we collect?
And what do we have when we collect what’s thrown away? Told
through movement and buffoonery, Dis*Card* was inspired by found
objects and the Chicago streets and alleyways in which they were
discovered. Through street theater, mask work, and site-specific
performance, Erica Mott attempts to capture and heighten the magic,
mystery and tragedy in everyday activities and interactions. [
Any Illusion, a
perversion of New England in one short act by
Seth Bockley. Following the lonely lives of American Saints through
the purgatory of New England, Any Illusion is an episodic hallucination
of Protestantism and modern self-denial, where mens' clothes and
stones become puppets and runes in a slide-show travelogue to Paradise.
Seth Bockley trained with Double Edge Theatre in Ashfield, MA, has
collaborated with Redmoon Theater and Lucky Pierre, and is a member
of Walkabout Theater. [ up ]
Dreams by David London: an exploration of Hypnagogia, the
turning point between waking and dreaming. Featuring the film artistry
and magic scenarios of David London, and enhanced by theater, movement
and live music, ...Art of Dreams explores trance, surrealism, alchemy,
evolution, and dreams - from the prosaic to the profound. David
London is a filmmaker, magician, creator, and tour guide for the
unknown, utilizing magic to transform notions of the possible. Through
his creations, David strives to open doors of perception and dreams.
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Tom Howe, Melissa Howe and Meredith Miller. As a man prepares for
his nightly respite, he is interrupted by a flying invertebrate in
search of a meal. Through the interaction of humans, puppets and shadows,
Flypaper delves into the many roles paper plays in our everyday lives
– some which we seldom even notice. By folding, cutting, wetting,
pasting, coloring, dying, soiling, lighting and crumpling, the same
piece of paper can take on an infinite number of forms. Tom and Melissa
Howe have performed with Redmoon Theatre and Local Infinities; Chicago
based puppetry artist Meredith Miller is the artistic director of
the puppet company The Incurable Theater.
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Just Desserts, by Larry Underwood. Continuing Underwood’s
investigation into corpses and their identities in the minds of
the living, once again Dr. Nichaleous Tulp digs into the heart of
exploration by utilizing a fresh corpse to illustrate a lecture
on identity and self. In an age where Galileo was turning his telescope
to the universe, Dr. Tulp was taking an inward journey through the
anatomy lessons he performed above the meat markets in Amsterdam.
Larry Underwood worked in the Netherlands for over 6 years, helping
to realize shows in ship locks, airplane hangars, indoor junkyards
and abandoned factories. He co-created Wax & Wayne with Local
Infinities, and has also worked with Plasticene and Redmoon Theater.
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||The Sublime Beauty of
Hands by Michael Montenegro & Jude Mathews.
Our society, like a somnambulant giant, prepares for and participates
in mechanized violence. There exists no forum for redress wherein
the victims can express their agony and despair. Blocked from speaking
their truth in the real world, these victims find a secret door into
the psyche of sleepers everywhere - in this secret inner forum, redress
is found. From this idea springs this striking puppet theatre piece.
Painter/sculptor Michael Montenegro is a thirty-year veteran of the
puppet theatre world, creating and directing two puppet theatre companies,
and touring puppet theatre extensively; Jude Mathews has composed
music for Montenegro's theatrical works for three years. [ up
Plea by Steve Batterson, with Derek Halpern (composer) and
Tania Rodamilans (choreographer). A timely tale: far from home,
a dying soldier reminisces as he looks back over letters he has
written to his wife; her emotional response to the letters is revealed
through dance, attempting to communicate that which words cannot
hold. Steve Batterson has been writing theater and fiction in Chicago
for over six years, and co-founded Laugh Den Productions.
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